At least 15 dead in twin Pakistan blasts

Pakistani police officer stand guard at the main gate of alleged militant hideout following a shootout on the outskirts of Peshawar Pakistan Saturday

At least 18 people were killed and almost 100 others injured in twin explosions that went off in Pakistan's northwestern town of Parachinar bordering Afghanistan, according to Associated Press. The second blast took place as rescuers and bystanders rushed to aid those who had been hurt in the first explosion.

In the second incident, at least 11 people were killed in two nearly simultaneous explosions at a market in the north-western town of Parachinar.

At least 15 people were killed and 70 others injured as twin blasts hit a market on Friday afternoon in Parachinar, capital city of Pakistan's northwest tribal area of Kurram Agency, reported local Urdu TV channel Geo.

Two different militant groups have claimed responsibility for the blast.

Kurram is the only Shia Muslim region in a predominantly Sunni country.

The twin blasts in Parachinar followed a bombing earlier in the day outside the office of the police chief in southwestern Quetta, capital of the insurgency-wracked Balochistan province, that killed at least 13 people.

The blasts in Parachinar came on the final Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan, just days ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, one of Islam's holiest festivals.

The first explosion took place as people were busy shopping for Iftar and Eid in the Turi Bazaar area of Parachinar.

There has so far been no explanation as to why two militant groups - the group known as Islamic State (IS) and an offshoot of the Taliban called the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar - have both said they carried out the attack.

Reports suggest four police officers were killed in the attack.

At the hospital in Quetta, anxious children stood by the bloodstained cots of wounded relatives, and Pakistani soldiers visited injured colleagues.

Its roughly seven million inhabitants have long complained they do not receive a fair share of its gas and mineral wealth, but a greater push by Pakistani authorities has reduced the violence considerably in recent years.

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